Drifting in Port Phillip



Position: Port Phillip
Wind: North F1 Light air (just)
Sea: calm Swell: nil
Weather: partly cloudy, cool, full moon

The final major essay is submitted, the propane tank is full, victuals are topped up, the dinghy is lashed on deck, Sylph is secured for sea, and we are underway – but not making way, that is, we are drifting. Not to worry, a strong wind warning is current for later tomorrow, by which time we should be out into Bass Strait and running before it, which is why I decided to weigh anchor this afternoon and drift around out here waiting for the wind. Despite the lack of progress it is a beautiful night, with a large full moon shining, and the lights of Melbourne and ships at anchor reflecting in the dark liquid mirror of Port Phillip.

All is well.